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20 Reasons Why Barcelona Is An Amazing Place To Live

20 Reasons Why Barcelona Is An Amazing Place To Live

Barcelona may be famous for its famed soccer club but soccer is just one thing on the list of so many things the city excels in and offers. The city offers excellent aesthetics and there are so many reasons to love the city from its great architecture and galleries, to awesome food and music.

With the abundance of historical and cultural artifacts, Barcelona is just about as romantic as another wonderful city of Paris. It’s certainly the city one ought to move to, if they are considering settling overseas.

Here below are the 20 reasons as to why Barcelona is an amazing place to live. After reading these reasons, you’ll have plenty of inclinations to move to this wonderful Spanish city.

1. It’s discoverable on foot

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    Barcelona may be a quite big city but the size is perfect to discover on foot. There are plenty of things to discover as well. There’s abundance of great gastronomic options and the city also houses some of the most impressive parks and buildings. If you don’t feel like walking, you can even turn to bicycles to discover the city through stunning routes.

    2. It has superb modern architecture

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      You can find great architecture almost everywhere in this city, a paradise for architects. There are awe-inspiring Gothic basilicas put side by side with magnificent modern-day buildings. Most of the city’s architectural wonders have been designed by the famous architect Antonio Gaudi. Some of the finest monuments of the city are Sagrada Familia, Park Guell, La Pedrera and Casa Batllo.

      3. It’s a paradise for gastronomes

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        You’ll fall in love with this city very soon especially if you’re a connoisseur of great food. There are excellent restaurants all over the city. The city loves to dine so much that most businesses and offices close two hours a day just to take lunch. The city boasts the freshest of seafood in the world and pastry shops are plentiful. You should be a happy person even if you do nothing but eat in this city.

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        4. It has musical prospects in abundance

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          Barcelona has a fair share of live music venues like Apolo and Razzmatazz and magnificent concert halls like Gran Teatre del Liceu and L’Auditori. The music scene of the city is diverse, encompassing musical genres from classical to jazz to world music. The city also hosts some of the biggest annual musical festivals of the world such as Primavera Sound, Festival Internacional de Jazz de Barcelona, Sonar and Cruilla.

          5. It’s a delight for chocolate lovers

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            This beautiful city also offers plenty of delight for lovers of chocolate. Some of the best chocolates in Barcelona are chocolate bon-bons and xurros con chocolat (a kind of hot chocolate). The city gave birth to Antoni Escriba, who is famous for being the “Mozart of Chocolate”, and if you ever stop by this city, you ought not to miss his pastry shop.

            6. It has excellent beaches

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              Another reason to love Barcelona is the presence of outstanding beaches. Sightseeing is great along these beaches. The climate of the city is generally warm and the beaches are nice and clean. The beaches are swiftly reachable and one can always turn to the beaches to relax after a hard day’s work in the city.

              7. It has the Magical Montjuïc Mountain

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                Although you need to do a bit of legwork to reach the top, the magical Montjuïc is a perfect place to wander to. It’s a bit less populated by tourists but that’s not because it’s not worth seeing but because not every tourist wants to embark on an adventure. In fact, the mountain offers excellent views, with natural backdrops and excellent vistas all around.

                8. It’s the perfect place for coffee aficionados

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                  Coffee aficionados are just another kind of people, on the long list of the types of people the city of Barcelona can appeal to. You’ll get to drink something as perfect as café con leche, which is the coffee halved with steam milk. The beverage is always smooth but never harsh nor bitter.

                  9. It has a very rich history

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                    An international city in every way, at Barcelona, with every step you take through the streets, you’ll always stumble upon something historically significant. To get a quick glimpse of the city’s history, you should visit Museu d’Historia de Barcelona, where the historical city heritages have been preserved and put on display. There are so many historic artifacts inside this museum, with Placa del Rei, Temple d’August, Born Centre Cultural and Museum Maritim to name a few.

                    10. It has lots of Spanish wine and cavas

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                      Spanish Wine and Cavas rival French Wine and Champagne. In fact, Cavas, or sparkling wine, is Spain’s answer to France’s champagne. The wine isn’t very expensive as well although the quality is exceptional. You can buy a bottle between five to ten dollars. Barcelona is surely the place to be at for lovers of wine and beer as it’s cheaper to buy these liquors than to buy a can of coke or a bottle of water.

                      11. It has local threads

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                        Style can be bought in this city at all kinds of prices. You can go for the rather expensive Spanish brands recognizable at the international level or for confined Barcelona brands. But if you go with the cheaper ones, it doesn’t mean that you are compromising much on quality at all. Some of the local and affordable brands in Barcelona are Zazo&Brull, Cuervo Cobberblack Bird (where you can buy handcrafted shies), RooM and Syngman Cucala.

                        12. It hosts amazing carnivals

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                          There are plenty of carnivals hosted by the city every year. These carnivals showcase rich Catalan culture, dazzling displays of fireworks, air shows, concerts and children acts. Festes de la Merce, which is celebrated in the month of September is the largest carnival in the city. It originally started as a religious parade but now, it’s one of the major reasons to visit the city. Every neighborhood in the city has its own chief celebration. Among them, the celebrations of the neighborhoods of Gracia and Sants are the biggest ones.

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                          13. It is a delight for dancing

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                            The city is home to plenty of nightclubs. We often think of Flamenco dancing whenever we think of Spanish dancing. However, Flamenco dancing is native to the Andalusia region of Spain and Barcelona has its own historic dance form in Sardana, performed at tablaos, which have come to prominence since 1960s. Sardana is performed on weekends in front of the Cathedral and City Hall.

                            14. It offers the sweetest alternate to Valentine’s Day

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                              If you don’t like to flow in the tide of Valentine’s Day, coming every year with so much noise and almost always leaving you barren, the city offers you with an excellent alternative. Diada de Sant Jordi, or Saint George’s Day is celebrated on April 23, the day on which men give a rose to their darlings and ladies give them a book. This sweet occasion has kept Valentine’s Day pretty much at bay.

                              15. It has breath taking street art

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                                Art is everywhere on the streets of Barcelona and it is beyond graffiti. Even the store shutters on the streets are gaudily painted. As mentioned earlier, the shops, as do other businesses, close mid-day. Reopening times of those shops vary. If you are able to take a few strolls about the city during the time the shops are closed, you’ll have the best view of street art.

                                16. It has Bucolic locations

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                                  In spite of being a very big city and a major financial center of Europe, there are plenty of opportunities to revel in pastoral surroundings in the city. Some of the neighborhoods like Gracia, Les Corts and La Barceloneta in particular exhibit that candid and pristine rural aura with amply of native customs and festivities.

                                  17. It offers many Ping-Pong tables

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                                    You thought Chinese were the only folks who love Ping-Pong so much. How wrong you were! You don’t have to move a distance to find the next free Ping-Pong table in Barcelona. Scattered around the public places of the city, Ping-Pong tables provide you with ample opportunities to swing your paddle with opponents, provided you have one.

                                    18. It’s a bicycle heaven

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                                      It was mentioned earlier that this city offers excellent routes to discover the city through bicycling if you don’t feel like walking. But this deserves a point of its own as another great prospect the city can offer. Barcelona is as perfect as it can get for bicycling. The scenery is great, which adds to the fact that the city has heavily expanded network of bike lanes and fleets. The only problem is that the city is a heaven for bicycle thieves as well.

                                      19. It has an excellent public transportation system

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                                        With myriad of equally rewarding options, Barcelona should be one of the easiest cities to discover. It was already discoverable on foot and bicycling possibilities were excellent. A very good public transport system takes discoverability of this city to further heights. There are so many options to get around the city with efficient buses, subways, trains, cable cars and funiculars.

                                        20. It has perfect weather all year round

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                                          Lying in the Mediterranean region, the temperature of Barcelona is fairly moderate. With its poised climate, the city offers excellent living conditions throughout the year. The weather is predictable and rainfall is also quite balanced. You can enjoy months of unbroken sunshine without ever having to feel the agony of a scorching heat of the Sun.

                                          Featured photo credit: Aerial view of Barcelona city with Port Vell in cloudy day.Spain via shutterstock.com

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                                          Last Updated on March 25, 2020

                                          How to Live Longer? 21 Ways to Live a Long Life

                                          How to Live Longer? 21 Ways to Live a Long Life

                                          When it comes to living long, genes aren’t everything. Research has revealed a number of simple lifestyle changes you can make that could help to extend your life, and some of them may surprise you.

                                          So, how to live longer? Here are 21 ways to help you live a long life

                                          1. Exercise

                                          It’s no secret that physical activity is good for you. Exercise helps you maintain a healthy body weight and lowers your blood pressure, both of which contribute to heart health and a reduced risk of heart disease–the top worldwide cause of death.

                                          2. Drink in Moderation

                                          I know you’re probably picturing a glass of red wine right now, but recent research suggests that indulging in one to three glasses of any type of alcohol every day may help to increase longevity.[1] Studies have found that heavy drinkers as well as abstainers seem to have a higher risk of early mortality than moderate drinkers.

                                          3. Reduce Stress in Your Life

                                          Stress causes your body to release a hormone called cortisol. At high levels, this hormone can increase blood pressure and cause storage of abdominal fat, both of which can lead to an increased risk of heart disease.

                                          4. Watch Less Television

                                          A 2008 study found that people who watch six hours of television per day will likely die an average of 4.8 years earlier than those who don’t.[2] It also found that, after the age of 25, every hour of television watched decreases life expectancy by 22 minutes.

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                                          Television promotes inactivity and disengagement from the world, both of which can shorten your lifespan.

                                          5. Eat Less Red Meat

                                          Red meat consumption is linked to an increased risk of heart disease and cancer.[3] Swapping out your steaks for healthy proteins, like fish, may help to increase longevity.

                                          If you can’t stand the idea of a steak-free life, reducing your consumption to less than two to three servings a week can still incur health benefits.

                                          6. Don’t Smoke

                                          This isn’t exactly a revelation. As you probably well know, smoking significantly increases your risk of cancer.

                                          7. Socialize

                                          Studies suggest that having social relationships promotes longevity.[4] Although scientists are unsure of the reasons behind this, they speculate that socializing leads to increased self esteem as well as peer pressure to maintain health.

                                          8. Eat Foods Rich in Omega-3 Fatty Acids

                                          Omega-3 fatty acids decrease the risk of heart disease[5] and perhaps even Alzheimer’s disease.[6] Salmon and walnuts are two of the best sources of Omega-3s.

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                                          9. Be Optimistic

                                          Studies suggest that optimists are at a lower risk for heart disease and, generally, live longer than pessimists.[7] Researchers speculate that optimists have a healthier approach to life in general–exercising more, socializing, and actively seeking out medical advice. Thus, their risk of early mortality is lower.

                                          10. Own a Pet

                                          Having a furry-friend leads to decreased stress, increased immunity, and a lessened risk of heart disease.[8] Depending on the type of pet, they can also motivate you to be more active.

                                          11. Drink Coffee

                                          Studies have found a link between coffee consumption and longer life.[9] Although the reasons for this aren’t entirely clear, coffee’s high levels of antioxidants may play a role. Remember, though, drowning your cup of joe in sugar and whipped cream could counter whatever health benefits it may hold.

                                          12. Eat Less

                                          Japan has the longest average lifespan in the world, and the longest lived of the Japanese–the natives of the Ryukyu Islands–stop eating when they’re 80% full. Limiting your calorie intake means lower overall stress on the body.

                                          13. Meditate

                                          Meditation leads to stress reduction and lowered blood pressure.[10] Research suggests that it could also increase the activity of an enzyme associated with longevity.[11]

                                          Taking as little as 15 minutes a day to find your zen can have significant health benefits, and may even extend your life.

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                                          How to meditate? Here’re 8 Meditation Techniques for Complete Beginners

                                          14. Maintain a Healthy Weight

                                          Being overweight puts stress on your cardiovascular system, increasing your risk of heart disease.[12] It may also increase the risk of cancer.[13] Maintaining a healthy weight is important for heart health and living a long and healthy life.

                                          15. Laugh Often

                                          Laughter reduces the levels of stress hormones, like cortisol, in your body. High levels of these hormones can weaken your immune system.

                                          16. Don’t Spend Too Much Time in the Sun

                                          Too much time in the sun can lead to an increased risk of skin cancer. However, sun exposure is an excellent way to increase levels of vitamin D, so soaking up a few rays–perhaps for around 15 minutes a day–can be healthy. The key is moderation.

                                          17. Cook Your Own Food

                                          When you eat at restaurants, you surrender control over your diet. Even salads tend to have a large number of additives, from sugar to saturated fats. Eating at home will enable you to monitor your food intake and ensure a healthy diet.

                                          Take a look at these 14 Healthy Easy Recipes for People on the Go and start to cook your own food.

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                                          18. Eat Mushrooms

                                          Mushrooms are a central ingredient in Dr. Joel Fuhrman’s GOMBS disease fighting diet. They boost the immune system and may even reduce the risk of cancer.[14]

                                          19. Floss

                                          Flossing helps to stave off gum disease, which is linked to an increased risk of cancer.[15]

                                          20. Eat Foods Rich in Antioxidants

                                          Antioxidants fight against the harmful effects of free-radicals, toxins which can cause cell damage and an increased risk of disease when they accumulate in the body. Berries, green tea and broccoli are three excellent sources of antioxidants.

                                          Find out more antiosidants-rich foods here: 13 Delicious Antioxidant Foods That Are Great for Your Health

                                          21. Have Sex

                                          Getting down and dirty two to three times a week can have significant health benefits. Sex burns calories, decreases stress, improves sleep, and may even protect against heart disease.[16] It’s an easy and effective way to get exercise–so love long and prosper!

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                                          Reference

                                          [1] Wiley Online Library: Late‐Life Alcohol Consumption and 20‐Year Mortality
                                          [2] BMJ Journals: Television viewing time and reduced life expectancy: a life table analysis
                                          [3] Arch Intern Med.: Red Meat Consumption and Mortality
                                          [4] PLOS Medicine: Social Relationships and Mortality Risk: A Meta-analytic Review
                                          [5] JAMA: Fish and Omega-3 Fatty Acid Intake and Risk of Coronary Heart Disease in Women
                                          [6] NCBI: Effects of Omega‐3 Fatty Acids on Cognitive Function with Aging, Dementia, and Neurological Diseases: Summary
                                          [7] Mayo Clinic Proc: Prediction of all-cause mortality by the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory Optimism-Pessimism Scale scores: study of a college sample during a 40-year follow-up period.
                                          [8] Med Hypotheses.: Pet ownership protects against the risks and consequences of coronary heart disease.
                                          [9] The New England Journal of Medicine: Association of Coffee Drinking with Total and Cause-Specific Mortality
                                          [10] American Journal of Hypertension: Blood Pressure Response to Transcendental Meditation: A Meta-analysis
                                          [11] Science Direct: Intensive meditation training, immune cell telomerase activity, and psychological mediators
                                          [12] JAMA: The Disease Burden Associated With Overweight and Obesity
                                          [13] JAMA: The Disease Burden Associated With Overweight and Obesity
                                          [14] African Journal of Biotechnology: Anti-cancer effect of polysaccharides isolated from higher basidiomycetes mushrooms
                                          [15] Science Direct: Periodontal disease, tooth loss, and cancer risk in male health professionals: a prospective cohort study
                                          [16] AHA Journals: Sexual Activity and Cardiovascular Disease

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